On Sept 21, 2013 the Mariner's Museum in Newport New, VA put on the Pirates Pack the Park event to try to break the Guinness World Record fer the largest pirate gathering. About 15,000 attended the event, but less than half showed up in pirate garb.
To qualify as a pirate, ye had to wear striped or white pirate shirt, pirate pants, headgear such as hat or bandana, along with an accessory item such as a eye patch, sword, parrot. I be expectin' some big photo op fer the event, but none was annouced. So I spent all day vending at the Pirate Fashions booth. I'm not sure how they figured out the count.
The final tally was 6,759 pirates, which be less than half of what was needed to wrestle the honor from the Town of Hastings, on Belham Beach, East Sussex, United Kingdom , only 22 July 2012, which holds the record of 14,231.
Fer a first time event, they did break the previous American record of 2007 & 2009, as well has the first Hasting record, set in 2010. I'm sure that the Mariner's Museum will try again next year.
This be arrrr 35th issue of the Pirate Fashions Newsletter for Oct 2013. In transfer the old website to the new one, we had issues transferring the newsletter. So we be reposing the feature article into this blog instead of losing all the past newsletters.